Zeb Hogan named National Geographic Society Fellow

Big fish expert Zeb Hogan, a research biologist for CABNR, has been named a National Geographic Society Fellow. Hogan was featured in the March issue of National Geographic Magazine in the "Explorer's Profile" - a three-page spread at the front of the magazine.

Hogan, who is often photographed in murky water holding extremely large freshwater fish, has been in National Geographic Adventure magazine and National Geographic for Kids as well. Hogan once explained that he often needs to get in the water and embrace a large fish in order to determine if it's strong enough to swim before it is released. Some fish, such as the 10-foot, 600-pound catfish caught from the Mekong River in Cambodia, get tired when they are caught in a net.

Last summer, Hogan hosted a five-part series on the National Geographic Channel about large fish, including fast-growing "flying" carp that have invaded the Mississippi River. But much of Hogan's research focuses on big freshwater fish that are vulnerable because they are old when they start reproducing and often require large habitats to survive.

They also feel pressure from fishermen, although Hogan has done what he can by paying twice as much per pound for large fish than what a Cambodian fishermen would get from the village fishmonger. He buys them and then sets them free. Hogan was also recently named Young Alumni of the Year at University of California, Davis.